Themba Community Church (South Africa)

In 2017, SurviveAlive linked with Themba Community Church in South Africa and raised funds towards providing a Literacy Centre and Study hub for disadvantaged children. This project has been a great success and now, as we see the devastating impact coronavirus measures have had on families who were already struggling to survive, we have decided once again to support the work of Themba Church as they provide food aid and other practical support to the people of the Middelrus valley.

Families like the Majola sisters and their children have many mouths to feed. The small income they had coming in from one sister working on clearing dirt from the side of roads has stopped and they now rely on the weekly food donations from the church. Themba works tirelessly at sourcing and distributing this aid to help families across the valley in the battle against hunger and malnutrition and is extremely grateful for all support given.

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Themba Community Church


Young Leaders

SurviveAlive youthworks aims to promote spiritual, physical and emotional well-being through its summer camps and events. As part of this, we help to develop team-work and leadership skills amongst our young people.

If you are aged 17 or over, you may want to come to the camp as a Young Leader. This role gives you the opportunity to take on more responsibility. You will be part of the team that runs the camp, whilst still remaining a camper. Young Leaders help out around the site and have additional roles and responsibilities within the areas of catering, Audio/Video operation, sport leadership, worship leading, camper encouragement and Small Group leadership.

No two Young Leaders are the same, each will bring a different set of skills and a fresh personality, and will work alongside the other leaders to make sure the camp runs smoothly.

For an outline of the Young Leader role, please see our Young Leader job description.

If you would like to be a Young Leader at the camp, please contact us or indicate this on your booking form.

You’ll also be asked to come along to a Young Leader training event in order to get to know the other leaders, and develop your leadership skills.

SurviveAlive can also be used for the residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. For more information please contact us.



Summer Camp 2022 Booking

SurviveAlive Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp Booking 2022

Please click on our Costs page to see how much SurviveAlive summer camp will cost.

Summer Outdoor Adventure is from Thursday 1st Sept to the 3rd Sept 2022 for all young people going into Year 8 up to 17 years old (born between 1st Sept 2004 to 31st Aug 2010)

Thursday 1st Sept arrival: 4.00pm (Helston)
Saturday 3rd Sept departure: 8.00pm (Helston)

Event address & post code will be sent via e-mail.

If you have any trouble filling in the form below, please contact us at

Parent/Guardian Infomation

Phone numbers must not contain spaces, and include area codes. e.g. 01209444888

A booking confirmation e-mail will be sent out shortly after completing this form.

Emergency Contact Infomation

We will only use these details, if we're unable to contact the Parent/Guardian during the summer camp.

Phone numbers must not contain spaces, and include area codes. e.g. 01209444888


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About Us

SurviveAlive Youthworks exists to promote physical and spiritual well-being. SurviveAlive Youthworks has been organising outdoor activities since 1997. The team is made up of volunteers from churches across Cornwall.

SurviveAlive Youthworks encourages the life, energy and values of the Christian faith.

We invite all young people aged 11 – 17 (school years 7 – 12) to take part in our activities including the Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp.

If you are aged 17 or 18, please check out our Young Leaders page for more information about becoming a Young Leader. If you are aged 18 and over, we are always on the look out for new volunteer leaders. Please contact us for more information.

SurviveAlive risk assesses all activities, and works hard to ensure that campers stay safe at all times. At SurviveAlive we do all we can to ensure campers have a good time and our campers’ health and safety is always a priority. SurviveAlive ensures that campers are always supervised and cared for properly. All of the camp leaders are CRB/DBS checked and trained in safe-guarding, and some have additional training in first aid and food hygiene. All leaders, teachers and helpers have an active and personal relationship with God, accepting that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, who died and rose again to set them free from sin.

Derek Thomas, the founder of SurviveAlive, oversees the summer camps alongside a core team of volunteers.


“For 20 years now I have led the SurviveAlive Outdoor Adventure Camp. This activity is for secondary school-aged youngsters and takes place on a purpose-built site near Helston during the summer holidays. Outdoor adventure is great for body, mind and spirit and, as you can see, we have a great time each year. What makes it special is that the team, from churches across West Cornwall, gives their time for free and works brilliantly together.”

Derek Thomas 2016